GorlokJobs as a Resource for All Walker Students

On February 2, 2016, in Career Insight, by Walker News

gorlokjobssnipGorlokJobs is Webster’s online career management system which you can use for many reasons, including your internship search! Offered by the Career Planning & Development Center, GorlokJobs enables you to search for and apply to openings, research employers and contacts, practice interviewing skills, review and RSVP to events, and more.

If you are searching for a summer internship, use GorlokJobs as one tool in your internship search strategy.

Access hundreds of internship and job postings from employers seeking Webster students by logging into your GorlokJobs account. To review current internship postings, select the “Job Postings” option beneath the “Jobs and Internships” tab along the left-hand side of your GorlokJobs homepage. On the next screen, hit “Internship/Co-op” to view internship opportunities to which you can apply. There are currently postings in the fields of marketing, financial services, information technology, social services, and more! Review each position description, determine how your interests and skills align with the opening, and follow application instructions to apply.

In addition, to internship postings, GorlokJobs also houses a Contact Directory. If you are looking for a person to reach out to regarding internship possibilities, search the Contact Directory and view names, titles, and contact information organized by company/organization.

For more information on internship searching, visit the Career Planning & Development Center website: http://www.webster.edu/career-services/ecareer-services/internship-and-job-search.html

If you need assistance logging into your GorlokJobs account, contact the Career Planning & Development Center at 314-968-6982 or visit at 568 Garden Ave. Walk-In Hours are designed for 10-15 minute conversations on: GorlokJobs, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, internship and job search basics. Available Monday-Thursday from 2:00pm-5:00pm when undergraduate classes are in session.

Intern Insights: Kevin Loving BS 2016

On January 29, 2016, in Career Insight, Student Profile, by Walker News

Kevin_Headshot Kevin Loving, a Computer Science and Political Science Major from Kirkwood, shared his Walker EDGE success story that included an internship with Maritz Motivation Solutions.  Loving is a good student with a knack for IT who has made the most of his Webster opportunities.  As part of the Walker EDGE program, he regularly attended events like the Walker Speaker Series, Industry Insight Nights and participated in activities such as mock interviews and the Walker EDGE Internship Fair.  It was through an Internship Fair that Loving was recruited by Maritz for an unforgettable internship opportunity.

Loving’s pursued his Maritz internship through a series of emails, phone calls, and a formal interview before receiving an offer for a position.  He began as a Business Analyst Intern in May of 2015.  From the beginning, Loving benefited from a supervisor who was a supportive mentor.  His mentor was always available to give advice and created an open atmosphere where Loving could work comfortably and grow.  Loving described it having a “boss who wasn’t your boss” in the sense his mentor really was more of a mentor.

Loving described how his responsibilities evolved during his time at Maritz.  He held three roles that supported efforts to improve the customer experience.  First was analytical work where he predicted what new programs would look like and how they could be improved before release.  The second was as a User Experience Designer.  Loving described it as similar to graphic design and a back-and-forth creation process between managers.  Third was in user research, which focused more on the “psychology” of the user.  Loving studied the best business practices and the natural tendencies of the user in order to create the best customer experience possible.

Kevin_PhotoOne of the most impactful events of Loving’s internship was a lunch held by the executives at Maritz.  The CEO and directors shared advice and experience with all of the interns.  They described their individual careers and talked about the importance of continuous improvement in every aspect of their lives.  Loving found the advice helpful and meaningful, but above all said it “made us feel like we belonged there.”

The Maritz internship experience left Loving with a fresh perspective and renewed career goals.  His advice to students is: “you’re not limited to your major.”  He encourages all students to seek opportunities like his because business is always evolving and companies are constantly looking for a fresh perspectives that students have to offer.  Loving says that personality and good attitude are key to a fulfilling experience.  Through hard work (and maybe some IT skills) he believes that every student can have a successful internship experience as well.

 

Forensic Accounting Speaker at the Walker School

On January 28, 2016, in Events, by Walker News

forensicspeakergraphic2016On Monday, January 25, 2016 Webster welcomed former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mike Fagan as the featured speaker for the fifth annual joint meeting of the Greater St. Louis Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Webster University Forensic Accounting program. Fagan’s presentation was titled Funding of Terrorism and Other Threats to Homeland Security.

Fagan spoke to a crowd of over one hundred, including ACFE members, Webster University students, faculty and other members of the community, about the funding of terrorism both in the United States and in other parts of the world.  He discussed several sources of terrorism funding including the potential for online gambling as a growth area for such funding.

Fagan, who served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) for the Eastern District of Missouri for twenty-five years and now consults on domestic and transnational criminal law and procedure, counterterrorism, intelligence, and emergency planning issues.
The Forensic Accounting program at Webster is the only program of its kind in the state of Missouri. Curriculum includes courses in criminal and civil investigation, legal procedure, forensic analytics, cyber forensics, substantive law, valuation, economic damages, internal auditing and risk management. For more information visit webster.edu/forensic-accounting.

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Where Is The “Hidden” Job Market?

On January 11, 2016, in Career Insight, by Walker News

Whether you’re out of a job or looking to advance your career, you might be tempted to start the search on big career search sites like Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com.

But studies have shown that the published market (including the internet) contains only about 20% to 25% of open jobs. But why?

When a new position opens up, most employers undoubtedly look internally to see if there’s someone they trust to fill the position. If not, hiring managers and their teams look to people they know and trust outside of the organization to get the job done. They often do this before posting the position externally, so individuals who have connections get a head start. Sometimes there’s no competition at all because the “connected” candidate interview goes so well.

It’s then fair to assume that many advertised jobs are ones nobody really wants. And yet people continue to rely on the published market, sometimes exclusively, to find jobs.

The Hidden Job Market
The alternative is to look to the hidden job market – those positions that are never advertised, but are filled internally or through networking relationships. How do these jobs arise? The answer is in the following three problems, which hiring managers are almost constantly grappling with:

1) The underachiever. You know the type: bad attitude, comes in late, does shoddy work and people wonder how he keeps his job. Managers are well aware this person isn’t pulling their weight, but it’s not appropriate to fire him immediately. Often, the boss wants to line up a replacement before showing the underachiever the door.

2) The overachiever. This person’s great attitude, superior work and team player attitude doesn’t seem like a problem. But managers often lay awake at night worrying about overachievers. Why? Because they are too good for their current job. If the manager doesn’t promote the overachiever, they’ll go somewhere else. But the manager can’t promote the overachiever until they find a replacement – and they’ll look internally and to their network first.

3) New needs. Companies bring in new clients and projects all the time and often aren’t prepared to handle the demand upon winning the business. They need someone who can take charge and ramp up production – and they don’t have time to waste on an advertised job search.

So…

How do you get into the hidden job market? How can you find out the needs or problems organizations are trying to solve today? And how will you position yourself as the solution? The answer is networking. All hiring managers are looking for good people, even if a position doesn’t exist. How will they know to call you first if you have never met?

As for the best way to network, that’s an article for another day. Until then, here are some links to blog posts I’ve written about networking that will get you started.

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david hults-webDavid Hults is the CEO of Activ8 Careers, a Career Coach, Author and Speaker. For more career tips, visit his blog, CareerStr8Talk.com, and website, activ8careers.com.

Professional PictureGuest contributor: Megan Price, BA Management, May 2018

We had a conversation with Justin Peters, the author of a four part series of LinkedIn article  “4 Things to Do Each Year of College to Guarantee You a Job.”   Peters earned a BS in Business Administration in 2014 and is close to completing an MA in Management & Leadership from the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.

“The series came as a thought to me when classes were starting back up this fall and my little brother entered his first year of college and asked me for advice.”  The personal and professional knowledge Peters shares was gathered and through his extensive experiences, including courses, internet self-studies, work experience, and his father.  Peters’ advice also comes from personal experience; he is a Marketing Executive at J.W. Terrill and has been with the company since 2012.

Peters’ drive to excel developed during his sophomore year as he began to take higher-level business courses including the Walker EDGE professional development course, WSBT 2000 Career Exploration for Professional Success. He also attended Walker School sponsored events such as the Walker Speaker Series.

Even though Peters began his studies without an exact college or career goal, he scored many goals on the field.  He played for the Webster University Men’s Soccer Team, and assumed the role as team captain before graduating.  A retired player now, Peters emphasizes that he is “just as competitive at work as I was in soccer.”

Webster Works WorldwideWebster Works Worldwide, tutoring, and CLICK (Creating Links in Community Knowledge, a community service event sponsored by Walker EDGE) contributed to Peters’ development by allowing him the opportunity to give back to his community.  Peters’ volunteer work did not stop when he walked across the graduation stage, it was just the beginning.  He now selflessly serves on the Cystic Fibrosis Young Professional’s Group and has dedicated his time to facilitating the success of Webster University students through the WebsterUniversity Mentoring Program.  Peters also benefited from this program as a mentee of Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier, a Doctorate of Management alumni, community figure, and entrepreneur. He continues to share the knowledge gained from her as well as his own experiences with his mentees.

GraduationPeters’ advice outlines a path to follow, with steps targeted toward each year in college, in order to earn a great job, just as he has.  He advocates the crucial benefit of an internship and getting involved in the community.  Peters manages the J.W. Trill internship program and reports that in times of difficult hiring decisions the candidate with the most involvement and professional development ranks above those solely with high GPAs.  We highly encourage current students to take heed to this successful, ambitious Walker Alumni’s advice in his 4 part LinkedIn article series:

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Sophomore Year

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Happy Holidays from the Walker School!

On December 23, 2015, in Announcements, by Walker News

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Pancha Ganapti, or the many other religions and traditions with celebrations in December, we want to wish you all a Happy Holidays.

WSBThappy holidays 2015

Your Career Approach- Stop! Drop! And Roll!

On December 18, 2015, in Career Insight, by Walker News

I’ve lost count of how many Career Coaching clients I’ve worked with who lost their confidence during a job search. It’s understandable. When you have been seeking a job for months (and sometimes even years), you’re likely to become a victim of self-doubt. And that can be paralyzing.

But the cold hard truth of it is that unless you get confidence back, you won’t be landing a job soon.

Here’s the key: When you know what you want out of a career and realize what value sets you apart in the market, you will inherently gain confidence, and from there, success.

But how do you realize that value? A peer of mine, Jane Atkinson, introduced me to what she calls the “Stop! Drop! & Roll!” method. Most of us associate Stop! Drop! And Roll! with fire safety lessons we learned in school. But Jane has evolved it to reflect being an expert speaker. I have built upon it from the perspective of being a job seeker, customizing it about job searching specifically.

So without further adieu, here’s my Stop! Drop! And Roll! approach to the job search:

 

STOP! GETTING DISTRACTED

Distraction is always a slippery slope, taking you away from your true purpose. But if things are moving slower than you expected, it’s easy to get distracted and not put all of your effort into your true objective. Your concern should be identifying your job search goals, and from there, taking tangible steps to achieve them. If you’re focusing anywhere else, chances are you’re distracted.

 

DROP! THE EXCUSES

During a job search, we often get obsessed with the “perfect” situation. We want the perfect resume, networking approach, interview techniques, and ultimately upon a job offer, the perfect salary and location. If one of these things isn’t exactly the way a job seeker envisioned it, it becomes their excuse as to why they didn’t get the job or bailed on it. In truth, the reason we often struggle is that we don’t really want to put in the work and hours necessary. We get angry at the situation and fail to put a real plan together because we’re so fed up with it all – and that frustration becomes an excuse. I say embrace the journey and allow yourself to learn from this experience. Keep yourself accountable by creating rules and time structures for when you network, apply for jobs, etc. Don’t let yourself do ANYTHING ELSE during that time. The job search is now your full-time job.

 

ROLL! OUT CONFIDENCE

Once you have rid your career search of distractions and excuses and have developed a real plan, confidence will start coming naturally. It will seep into how you talk about yourself and articulate your unique value. I’m not talking about arrogance. I’m talking about a positive self-esteem, knowing that even if you don’t have a job yet, you’re going to land on your feet and deliver. When you start feeling this confidence come, don’t ignore it. Just Stop! Drop! and Roll!

 

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David Hults is the CEO of Activ8 Careers, a Career Coach, Author and Speaker. For more career tips, check out his blog, http://www.CareerStr8Talk.com, and website, http://www.activ8careers.com.

 

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2ndThursday-at-Venture-Cafe-150x1502nd Thursday is ITEN’s signature monthly event connecting entrepreneurs and emerging tech companies with veteran business leaders, investors and the public. Held in collaboration with Venture Cafe, 2nd Thursday is a great way to network and gain relevant entrepreneurial skills. All are welcome!

Walker School professor and program director for Entrepreneurship,  Dr. Joe Roberts serves as an ITEN mentor and will be hosting office hours as part of tomorrow’s 2nd Thursday event.

December 2nd Thursday:

Date: December 10, 2015

Time: 3:00pm until 8:00pm

Location: 4240 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

Parking available around the building and in the lot across the street.

Schedule:

3:00 – 4:00 pm Office Hours with ITEN Mentor, Rick Proctor

4:15 – 6:15 pm Office Hours with ITEN Mentor, Joe Roberts

5:30 – 6:30 pm Presentation: Drafting Utility Players                                                                                 Andrew Mayhall, Founder of Evtron; Dave Sellers, CEO of Evtron and Jane Vancil, ITEN Entrepreneur in Residence

As a founder, do you often feel stretched too thin, or could really use a new team member that has walked in your shoes?  Join us as we explore the when, why and how of drafting that key utility player.  Whether it’s adding that experienced CEO full-time or seeking out specialized expertise for specific tasks or stages, come join those that have lived it as they explore the best timing, the value and the structures of these game-changing additions to your team.

ITEN: Entrepreneurs Helping EntrepreneursITEN

Providing unique programs, events and access to resources that accelerate venture development; designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, requiring neither payment nor equity, ITEN is a unique community asset and a proven route to success. Find out more at tomorrow’s event or visit ITEN online at: www.itenstl.org.

 

Guest contributor: Megan Price, BA Management, May 2018

Angélica Nuño, BA 2014, came to Webster University’s Walker School of Business and Technology in 2011 as a transfer student studying biological sciences. Once she arrived, she decided to go in a different direction. Her Walker Story begins there. In 2014, the Walker School launched the campaign “My Walker Story”, encouraging students to share their experiences in the school in an effort to unite the worldwide community of Webster University. Nuño was a senior when the program started, but she was already well into her own Walker Story.

Walker EDGE

Tu Square Studio, LLCIn the spring of 2014, Nuño was heavily engaged in Walker EDGE, The Walker School’s Internship and Professional Development program. As part of Walker EDGE, Nuño took a leadership role in organizing a fashion show showcasing professional dress.  The event, “Dress for Success” was designed to instill confidence in young professionals by teaching or improving their business dress. Nuño’s job was to communicate with local businesses, collecting clothing donations and gathering funds. Her ability to successfully complete the role can be attributed to the professional skills she gained through opportunities offered through the Walker School, experiences in various internships as well as her positive, determined attitude.

When she wasn’t in class, Nuño fostered her strong work ethic by volunteering for GO! St. Louis and waiting tables at local restaurants. Nuño said that because she grew up with little money, she had to start working as early as she could (yet she still found time to volunteer). When she wasn’t earning tips at work, she collected tips from business professionals like Mario Santander, her Webster University sponsored mentor from Graybar and at events like the Walker Speaker Series.

Walker School Networking Opportunities

The Speaker Series hosted by the School of Business gave Nuño the opportunity to optimize her education by learning outside of the classroom from innovative leaders sharing their business knowledge, management expertise, values, and career challenges. She reports that the speaker series were some of her favorite experiences, “Nothing beats hearing a first hand experience, in a private setting!

Global Experiences

angelica-nunoNuño utilized and enhanced both of her majors, Business Administration and International Studies through a global internship experience in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her internship helped improve business ventures between U.S. Chamber of Commerce members and those in Mexico. Adapting by expanding her horizons taught Nuño that she could get a job anywhere in the world; Webster University had truly prepared her as a Global Citizen. Nuño holds her experiences abroad as invaluable professionally. She also had a lot of fun while she was there.

College Experiences

Nuño also adapted to another culture while in college, Webster University athletics. She attended athletic events to support friends, had no idea what was going on, but still enjoyed the moments. “I have to admit my best times were with my roommates, I lived with 3 basketball girls … And I played no sports. It was fun to be part of their world.”

Putting It All Together

Anjelica Nunos, BA '15Making professional development a priority through Walker EDGE proved to be one of Nuño’s most beneficial career moves at the Walker School. Nuño demonstrated her fine resume writing and interviewing skills during a mock interview with a representative from Graybar in which her “A” worthy performance became a job worthy performance one year later.  Her mock interviewer from Graybar offered Nuño a job as a Human Resource Specialist immediately following graduation.

Nuño continues her career journey as a Human Resource Coordinator at Lewis Rice LLC. She is now a Walker EDGE mentor, sharing support and advice to current students aspiring to be as successful as she is. The Walker School thanks Nuño for the imprint and legacy she left and congratulates her for an extraordinary Walker Story.

Two papers based on Webster University doctoral student research projects received best—paper awards at Academy of Business Research (ABR) conference held in San Antonio, Texas October 28-30.

Mark Fellhauer, left, and his parents Marge and Rick, arrive early for a session at the Academy of Business Research conference in San Antonio. Brad Thomas, front, review his notes prior to his presentation.

Mark Fellhauer, left, and his parents Marge and Rick, arrive early for a session at the Academy of Business Research conference in San Antonio. Brad Thomas, front, review his notes prior to his presentation.

Brad Thomas and Mark Fellhauer are students in the Walker School’s Doctor of Management program. Thomas’ paper, Union and Organizational Commitment as Concurrent Attitudes, won the award in the Management & Health track. In a survey of the St. Louis region’s Teamsters Local 688, he researched dual commitment – whether a union member can be loyal to both union and employer. Thomas received several questions from the audience about his findings.

Fellhauer’s paper, Decision Making in Commercial Banking: Adaptive Learning & Strategic Resource Movement, tied for the Management Strategy track award with a team from University of Central Oklahoma. Drawing upon the attack-defend-retreat framework of Walker strategy professor Doug O’Bannon, Fellhauer explores the nature of investment decisions of individual banks in the post-recession era.

Both students have John P. Orr, associate professor of strategic management, as their dissertation chair and co-author. Marketing associate professor Eric Rhiney also co-authored with Thomas.

Fellhauer is working toward his dissertation proposal. Thomas, who works as an engineering technician for Balchem Inc., successfully defended his dissertation in September and is ready to graduate.

Dr. John Orr and ABR director Dr. Randall Valentine

Webster associate professor John P. Orr, left, and ABR director Dr. Randall Valentine discusses the possibility of bringing a conference to St. Louis.

Fellhauer was joined at the conference by his parents Rick and Marge. as commercial banking veterans, they found the conference especially interesting, particularly since the host Drury Inn occupies the former Alamo National Bank building.

More information regarding the Doctorate of Management Program is available online at www.webster.edu/doctoral  or by contacting Merryl Hall at merrylc@webster.edu 314-968-7020.